Zeenat Aman, who played a number of gray characters when she was a leading lady in Bollywood in the 1970s and 1980s, has said she believes her journey in Indian cinema was defined by such roles. Zeenat said that she was even accepted by the public as a drug addict, which led to filmmakers creating interesting roles especially for her. Read also| Suniel Shetty says Bollywood is ‘not filled with drugs’, but ‘mistakes’ happen

Zeenat played a drug addict who eventually committed suicide in the 1971 film Hare Rama Hare Krishna, a musical drama by Dev Anand starring himself as Zeenat’s brother. It was one of the first roles in Zeenat’s career after she debuted with the 1971 film Hulchul.

According to PTI, Zeenat spoke about her unconventional roles at an event in Delhi, saying: “I was accepted by the public at the time in characters with shades of gray, whether it was a drug addict or someone who died of an overdose … There was an acceptance by the audience. Then writers wrote parts for me where it was a good bad girl, a good girl and other kinds of roles that did well.”

She added about her career: “My journey in Indian cinema started when I was a teenager and I stopped working when I became a mother. There were many milestones along the way. I was lucky enough to work with many actors. Directors like Dev Anand, Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor, Manoj Kumar, Amjad Khan, Feroz Khan and Sanjay Khan. All these filmmakers were actors themselves, so they brought that extra bit of creativity to the table.”

Zeenat was last seen in Ashutosh Gowarikar‘s period drama Panipat in 2019. She will soon make her OTT debut and has completed two web series.


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